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The internet is a real place y’all

I just got back from my first ever trip to Texas and I have been struggling on what I wanted to share from my vacation. You all wont care about my drinking experiences or the fact the I saw Jerry Springer at a bar…..Y’all want to hear about me meeting a fellow blogger of yours. Right? Well let me share my story with you because you all need to be aware of how amazing this person is.

My buddy and I had planned a trip to Texas for ACL-Austin City Limits for months and I was incredibly excited to finally go. I couldn’t tell if it was the bands I was going to see, The places I was going to visit, or the experiences I was going to have, But I was nervous. Not scared nervous but more like anxious nervous. Let me back up a bit. For the last few years I have been in a pool for the TV show the Bachelor/ette and somehow I end up writing a weekly email to the group pretty much bashing the contestants. It all started by me thinking someone on Facebook was cute and I added her as a friend. She would posts things on Mondays about the show and I would always comment. Come to find out she was in a big pool with a bunch of ladies. I wanted in. I figured I watched the show anyways….right? How is that gay? You’re gay!! Anyways, So I finally got an invite to be in the group and here I am today talking about it. Through this group I stayed in contact with a few of the ladies and have become really good friends with them. No, I have never met any of the women from this group…..Until now. Most of you know her as Cellulite looks better tan, But I know her as one of my bests friends. We have been chatting for a long time and we really have grown to know each other very well. She is nothing short of amazing and has the most adorable, loving family. I don’t know them, but I can imagine.

So here is the story of how we met in person.

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First day of the Festival I knew I was going to meet Mandi for the first time, and was nervous. We were texting all morning about meeting and and I wanted her to feel comfortable and not weird about it. Or maybe that was me. I was at a stage where our favorite band was playing and I kept looking around for her. Crap! “Sleep baby sleep” was being played by Broods and its one of our favorite songs. One of the things we have in common is music and we connect on that level. I text her and she could hear it but wasn’t in the park yet. I wanted her to be there so bad for this song but at least she could hear it. I recorded it for her so I could send to her later. The moment arrived. She text me that she was in the back of the crowd so I made my way towards her but its like I couldn’t find her fast enough. I scanned the crowd over and over frantically looking for her……And there she was. We locked eyes at the exact same time and I couldn’t get to her quick enough. Good thing for me she was doing a light run towards me and we locked up in the most heart warming embrace that I will never forget. I’m pretty sure to someone who saw us,it was in slow motion. We hugged for what seemed like minutes but what made it more special is that by now her favorite song was being played in the back ground. “Four Walls”. It was a very special moment for the both of us I could tell. The part I didn’t like was after all these months of not seeing her all I wanted to do was look at her, touch her, talk to her, but I couldn’t. We went straight into listening to music and standing by each other watching our favorite band together. Immediately the awkward flew out the window to never be seen again. As soon as the band ended we both took our time to really check each other out. We were actually real people. Not just an internet figure of our imagination anymore. She is as gorgeous as her pictures show and don’t let the Cellulite name fool you. Legs for days. We spent the next 3 days giggling, joking, sweating, dancing, drinking, eating(not me since I was sick), laughing, singing, and just becoming better friends. It was one of the best weekends I have had in such a long time and I wouldn’t replace it for anything in this world.

Listen up everyone. Mandi is a real person. She is not just a person who “likes” your blog posts or comments on your pages, she is a real person. For those of you who don’t know her, I suggest you do. She is nothing short of amazing and I am extremely fortunate that I can call her my friend. She is the most sweetest, beautiful, caring, fun person that I have ever met and I feel bad for you if you haven’t met her. The internet is a real thing. Yes there are a lot of people who use it to hide from themselves and pretend to be someone they cant be in their real lives. Not her. She is so smart and talented and I wish to someday have a fraction of what she has. If you cant tell I admirer her and look up to her more than I could ever put into words. I know we are friends but I really value her as a person and I wont let this friendship slip away. Who knows….Maybe I never see her again, Maybe I will. Although she is not a friend I can see all the time, her and her family will always be in my heart. She doesn’t need to be standing next to me to be with me.
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Don’t hide behind the internet. Embrace it and use it to meet new people. Or do what Mandi does with it….Inspire me to be a better person.

Thanks for everything Mandi. A true honor to be apart of your life.

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Oh ya! I saw a firefly……..I may or may not have captured it on video.

……….And its coming closer

So if anyone ever pays attention to me or anything that I am about, I love music. I just went to see a band in the city(San Francisco) last Friday and had the best time. Went to see a local band that is no longer together but came back to do one show. Strata….Look them up. Awesome. I was in such a funk last week that I thought nothing would be able to get me out of it. Super depressed and emo for NO REASON at all. I couldnt figure it out but take me out for a show in the city and BAM! Im back. I am going to Oakland on Thursday to see Chvrches which is one of my favorite bands and to top this whole week off I am going to see Interpol too! Music is my world and I cant imagine my life without it. It makes everything better. It makes everything sadder. It makes everything happier. It makes me.

3 weeks and counting and I will be hopping on a plane to Austin, Texas for my first trip to Austin City Limits. ACL if you’re local. Haha. Anyways I have always wanted to go to Texas because in my mind everyone is in cowboy boots and big ole hats. I know its not true but everyone thinks California is all palm trees and beaches….Well I guess it kinda is. Anyways I cant wait to get out of here for a few days, listen to new music, and explore a town I have been dying to go to forever. I promise to whoever is reading this that I will meet every single person humanly possible while I am there and really soak up the experience. I want to be part of everything, do anything, and see it all. Be nice to me Austin and I promise to be nice back.

I cant wait. I am going to party my face off x 10. Looking forward to meeting so many new friends.

Home…………..

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After a nice relaxing weekend getting to see my parents, Dinner with friends, Golf and a couple of workouts, I decided that the weekend would be perfect if I ended it with a nice fattening meal at In-N-Out. The closest In-N-Out is a few miles away next to the San Jose International airport. I got my food and sat outside and faced the runway as I usually do. Damn you airport. I watched all the planes take off and land and it always gets my brain thinking. So here it goes.

Where are all those people flying to? Where are they coming from? Why?

I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and it makes me realize that the only people in this whole entire world that I know are here with me. I mean I know people who live in other states but that is so minimal compared to the amount of people in this world. On planet earth I only know a tiny little portion of it and just a small handful of people in it.That kinda makes me sad. Especially when I interact with 100’s of people a day. I walk by someone every minute and don’t even bother to say hi or get to know them. It should be mandatory or something. haha. I only know what its like to live here and no where else on this huge planet. It takes a couple hundred dollars and I can be in any other state within hours or any other country. Why don’t I travel more? If I died tonight in my sleep I would be extremely upset with how my knowledge of the world works is pretty much non existent. I have grown up in one of the nicest places in the world and I haven’t even taken advantage of this. I get so consumed with work that I am letting life pass me by, and its happening too fast. Tourist come from all over the world to see things that are in my backyard……I’ve never visited Alcatraz. I’ve never been to Yosemite. There are little things I can do but I just dont. Well Mark my words. I am going to start. I want to do everything, see everything, and then check out the rest of what my country has to offer. Its stupid not to really. A few weeks ago I had always wanted to go on a hike in San Francisco just across the Golden Gate Bridge so I did it. I was there and back in a couple of hours and its something I had always wanted to do. A place I always wanted to go. A spot on earth that I always wanted to be at.

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Back to the airport. Everybody really hates airports and the security lines and the flight delays….But really its a blessing that we get the opportunity to get on a plane and go thousands of miles away in a few hours. Imagine the world before airplanes. If I thought I was grounded in San Jose now, I couldnt even imagine. Every time I am on a flight I really take the time to talk to the person next to me. Its a special moment in time if you want it to be. Think about it….My last flight I sat and talked with this guy for about an hour. Complete stranger. Odds are I will never ever see him again in my lifetime so why was it he felt he needed to tell me all about his family and his kids? I will never see him again nor will I ever meet his family. Why did we talk about work? I will never ever work with him. To me its like he is reporting to me what is happening in his part of the world. He might be where ever he lives one day telling a story about a flight he took and the guy next to him was really cool and interesting. When the flight landed he said “until we meet again”. Something about that really resonated with me. I couldn’t forget it. We were never going to meet again because the world is so big…..But what if we did?

I’m not really sure what I am trying to say, or what point I am trying to make but I just feel really small right now. I want to try to make an impact on more peoples lives. Sometimes it doesn’t take very much…..maybe even a simple “Hello” as I pass by………

San Jose will always be my home but maybe its time I see how other people live in this world.

 

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